Name: Ralph McLean
School: Montclair State
Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
In my final collegiate season I set goals to make an all-conference team at the least. The rest of my goals were more team oriented. I set goals to win our conference and make a run for a national championship.Unfortunately, we were unable to accomplish that but I was able to make 2nd Team All-NJAC.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
They will let you know that most of all I am a team player. I’m the kind of player that wants to keep my teammates up regardless of what adversity we’re are facing on the gridiron. They will also let you know that I am relentless in my passion for the game and they’re going to get 1000% out of me every time we take the field together. My coaches would let you know that I am a student of the game as well. I’m the one that will know the playbook like the back of his hand from my assignment down to the blocking scheme.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?
When I’m studying film before a game I study tendencies at every level of the defense. I focus on tendencies defenses may have when they’re in certain formations, I look for stunts, twists, crossfires that the defense may throw at me. Post game I focus certain cuts that I could have made that would’ve led a more productive play. I also focus on my blitz pick up. I look to see if my technique was executed properly and if I put myself in the best position to make the block.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
What separates me from other pro prospects at my position is that I even though I have been playing the game since I was 7 I still have another level that I could take my game to. I was a Quarterback all my career until I got to college. I still think and read the defense like a QB but from the RB position now. This also makes me a very versatile and dynamic player when it comes wrinkles and gadget plays in an offensive playbook.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
I am currently working out individually but exploring different trainers/training facilities until I find one that I feel is best for me.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
Strengths and abilities that I would bring to a team on and off the field is my social skills. I’m someone who is a real people person. I’m extremely communicative, especially when it comes to my teammates. I also have a great sense of empathy so that helps me analyze situations whether they are on or off the field. I feel that this allows me to fit into any locker room.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL or any other pro leagues?
My final pitch is that I just want them to know they are going to get all of me. A guy who has a high football IQ, a real passion for the game, and a high motor. I’m someone who keeps my composure no matter how stacked the odds are against me so I feel this brings the best out of the individuals around me as well. My love for the game comes from within and I am a self motivator. A team believing in me and my abilities is personal and I would treat it exactly that way.